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Stone Pillow (New and Collected Poems): The Clearing

The Clearing

–for EB (’94)

I wanted to turn your grief

to dew that deer carry

every morning from the safety

of thicket beds into sunrise

I would have gathered your face close to mine

and looked long into the deep worry

stones of your dark, well worn endurance

I could have embraced you

the way the deer seem to take turns

stepping ahead, watching

and browsing with cautious confidence

just ahead of sunrise

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2 Responses to “Stone Pillow (New and Collected Poems): The Clearing”

  1. Rob Schackneon Aug 2nd 2009 at 1:46 am

    Dear Professor,

    That is a terrific poem. I can feel the moist and gentle movement in it.

    You might wish to check out another China expat poetry site at:

    He says he’d like a few more good readers too.



  2. Mariannaon Aug 8th 2009 at 10:12 am

    I have always preferred prose to poetry, but this is changing, thanks in part to this poem that awakens the senses.

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